Over 15 years, Richard spoke and wrote about the many areas of disability that he was passionate about.

Starting in 1977 when he began the Club of Physically Handicapped in 1991, to the close of of the United Nations Decade of Disability, this persuasive Australian advocate for people with disabilities as part of a wider movement for fairness and inclusion.

List of speeches and articles on this page

A Case for Tax Justice – 1981 An Overview of Disability from 1970 – 1990s – 1990
An Overview of International Attendant Care Schemes – 1985
Australian Transport Systems for People with Disabilities and Aged Persons in the 1980s – 1989
Balancing the Scales of Assistance – 1988
Choice of definitions – 1981
Consumer Participation for Technological Change – 1986
Consumer’s role missing in services – 1977
Disability access services and facilities in Hawaii in 1981 – 1981
Disability, Advice and Local Government – 1989
Disability Compensation Policies – 1984
Disability in New Zealand – Observations in 1985 – 1985
Disability Policy for the future at the end of the UN Decade of Disability 1991 – 1991
Disabled Australians are Creating Change in 1981 – 1981
Disabled People and Gardening – 1984
Discrimination against disabled people – 1977
Do we need a ministry for the disabled? – 1981
Empowering Disabled People – 1984
Empowering the Powerless – 1984
‘Fair Go’ for All Australians – 1988
Freedom from Discrimination – 1977
Future Health Services – 1983
How architects can improve access – 1980
How Best to Structure Home Care for Younger Disabled People? – 1989
Intellectual Disability and Anti-discrimination Legislation – 1985
Issues involved in Integrating Students with Physical Disabilities into Mainstream Schools – 1988


Consumers role missing in services
On research into early innovative home care services for aged and handicapped people at the Southern Regional Geriatric and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, Flinders Medical Centre
18 October 1977

Choice of definitions
On the importance of correct terminology around disability
March 1981

Living with disability
Speech about the International Year of Disabled Persons to the Catholic Diocesan Pastoral Council reported in The Southern Cross Newspaper
14 May 1981

Do we need a ministry for the disabled?
Arguments on whether to lobby for a Minister of Disabled in Handiways
Winter Issue 1981

Plans for action in IYDP
Speech at the United Nations International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) Seminar at the St. Clair Youth Centre, Woodville, South Australia
12 May 1980

How architects can improve access
On consumer access barriers – at Selwyn Goldsmith’s workshop for architects on “Designing for the Disabled”
11 September 1980

Let’s get it rolling
A Consumer Viewpoint – to the Australian Council on Rehabilitation for Disabled Forum – TRANSPORT FOR THE DISABLED

It’s not the end of the world
Article for Metallic Tadpole newspaper as Convenor, Club for Physically Handicapped
1978

Transport options limited
Let’s get it rolling – a consumer viewpoint. To the A.C.R.O.D. forum on Transport for the Disabled
1978

Rehabilitation for what?
Speech for seminar at Memorial Hospital, North Adelaide on “Consumers’ View of Rehabilitation”
1978

Discrimination against disabled people
Submission to the South Australian Bright Committee investigating the Rights of Persons with Handicaps for the Attorney General of SA
28 May 1977

Freedom from Discrimination
Speech to a Forum of SA ACROD (South Australian branch of the Australian Council on Rehabilitation of Disabled) Regency Park Centre for Crippled Children, Regency Park, South Australia
20 July 1977

‘Vegetables of the world, unite!’
Hopes for the founding of Disabled People’s International (DPI) in Singapore after Dr Ed Roberts raised this rallying cry
3 December 1981

A Case for Tax Justice
A letter written to Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in the International Year of Disabled People 1981 outlining the case for extra costs of disability and the injustices of the tax system

Disability access services and facilities in Hawaii in 1981
Observations of Richard, as a quadriplegic, visiting Honolulu and what he learned about designing great street kerbs, a state government policy office on disability, transport services for disabled people and the Centre for Independent Living run by and for disabled people

We Need to Form a National Organisation of Disabled People
Disability activists organise for the first time themselves to make a body across disability diagnostic groups that can speak up on behalf of disabled people throughout Australia, spurred on by the large participation of activists at the First World Congress of Disabled Peoples’ International in Singapore in December 1981
28 March 1982 – Speech to the Club of Physically Handicapped

Recognition of Grief in Disability
Analysis of grief following an impairment that creates a dented self-image along with dependency. Rehabilitation has little interest in people’s egos, yet these need to heal too. Anger can be a positive force if the true causes of discrimination and barriers are met with pro-active strategies for each individual
21 September 1982 – Panel in seminar on ‘Grief in Disability’, Memorial Hospital

Future Health Services
Living as a disabled person in our society raises many challenges — physical, economic, political. The struggle by disabled people to escape the medical model and enter the paths of integration have not been easy. This paper explores options for participation and consumer impact.
December 1983 – Australian Health Review, Volume 6, Number 5

Empowering Disabled People
The history of disability activism in the early 1980s culminating in the new Disability Advisory Council of Australia made up of people with lived experience of disability and advising the federal government. The speech touches on some major issues and the key importance of participation by people with disabilities in working towards equality and inclusion
4 March 1984 – speech for a cancelled international conference in New Delhi by Richard Llewellyn as the representative of Australia’s DACA

Disability in New Zealand – Observations in 1985
Brief report on observations during a trip to the North Island for the Disabled Peoples Assembly 3rd National Assembly in Wellington
June 1985

Disabled People and Gardening
The benefits of gardening for people with disabilities in adapting, control of their environment and being close to nature are many
July 1984 – Speech at the SA Gardening Society

Empowering the Powerless
Disability Adviser to the Premier of South Australia, Richard Llewellyn, wrote this speech, ‘Empowering the Powerless’, for Premier John Bannon to give at the opening of the Disabled Peoples’ International First Asian-Pacific Regional Conference in Adelaide with over 400 disabled people from 30 countries attending
4 November 1984 – Adelaide Showground’s Goyder Pavillion

Disability Compensation Policies
Discussion paper on disability compensation policies and options recommended by the Woodhouse Committee for Disabled Peoples’ International – Australia prepared by Richard and Becky Llewellyn as SA Disability Consultants. These early ideas and discussions later coalesced in the National Disability Insurance Scheme, brought in by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government with bipartisan support.
July 1984

Intellectual Disability and Anti-discrimination Legislation
As manager of a State Government Task Force examining Anti-Discrimination legislation to cover intellectually disabled people, Richard lists some of the issues and early findings of the 1985 SA Task Force
22 April 1985 – Address to Institute of Developmental Disabilities

What’s in a name – debates around disability language and responsibility
Richard as Disability Adviser to the Premier of SA wrote this Discussion Paper on Disability Terminology for the South Australian Government to show the important consequences words can have on individuals and to introduce targeted definitions recommended for general use in government. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, words will never hurt me” (Old Nursery Rhyme)
1985

Disability Policy for the future at the end of the UN Decade of Disability 1991
After 15 years as an adviser to both Commonwealth and State Governments on developing disability policy, Richard gives his final recommendations for equity and justice
1991 recommendations by Richard Llewellyn, Disability Adviser to the Premier of South Australia

How Best to Structure Home Care for Younger Disabled People?
History of the Domiciliary Care movement in South Australia and its evolution from the 1970s-80s. Richard poses questions to be resolved in Dr Anna Yeatman’s Review of the service as to how best to structure care for younger people living in the community
1989 – Submission to the Domiciliary Care Review Seminar – Flinders University

An Overview of Disability from 1970 – 1990s
Highlights of disability progress in South Australia from the 1970 – 1990s and unfinished business in the field of mental health since de-institutionalisation
6 April 1990 – address by Richard Llewellyn, Disability Adviser to the Premier to the combined Domiciliary Care Services and Royal District Nursing Society seminar

Road Trauma and its Toll 
Prevention of road trauma and its inevitable toll of injuries should sensitively investigate using fear as a motivator to avoid crashes.
27 November 1989 – Opening speech for Spinal Injuries Week – Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Australian Transport Systems for People with Disabilities and Aged Persons in the 1980s
A summary of the state of play of Australian transport systems for disabled travelers during the 1980s
21 May 1989 speech to be given at the 5th International Congress on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, Älvsjö, Sweden

Disability, Advice and Local Government
Information on disability definitions and terms, the Australian access standards in development, the office of the Disability Adviser to the Premier and potential roles of health surveyors in increasing access to the community
30 November 1989 address by Richard, Disability Adviser to the Premier to the 16th Annual State Conference of Health Surveyors (SA Division) Barossa Junction, Tanunda

My South Australia – reflections on progress
Richard Llewellyn, Disability Adviser to the Premier tells stories from his youth about disability in Adelaide and reflects on dismantling architectural barriers over time in his beloved State
18 September 1986

Issues involved in Integrating Students with Physical Disabilities into Mainstream Schools
As more students leave special school environments to transition into mainstream schools as part of a policy towards integration, what are the issues and challenges for disabled students and their parents, mainstream teachers, schools and systems in ensuring that their education can learn what they need to achieve independence
18 November 1988 – Richard Llewellyn as Disability Adviser to the Premier of SA speaking at Regency Park Centre for Young Disabled

Balancing the Scales of Assistance
Trends in disability assistance go through fads, including the new buzz word ‘advocacy’. How does the Commonwealth best determine how best to assist people with disabilities with fundamental assistance needed for daily living while an ever-expanding disability industry wants to provide more ephermal assistance?
1 June 1988 – Speech to forum ‘Public Advocacy – Where we are and where we are going’ to the South Australian Institute on Developmental Disabilities Inc at the SA College of Advanced Education, Bedford Park by Richard Llewellyn, Disability Adviser to the Premier John Bannon

‘Fair Go’ for All Australians
Richard appeals to the Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, to give some tax relief to working Australians with extra unavoidable equipment, transport, travel and care costs
8 April 1988 letter to The Hon RJ. Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia, The Lodge, Canberra, ACT 2600

Progress for Psychiatric Disabilities
As one of the least understood disability, new funded programs are being developed for work and training for people with psychiatric disabilities, enabled by the introduction of the Disability Services Act 1986.
27 November 1986 – speech to the opening of STEP Training Program at Glenside Psychiatric Hospital, Adelaide

Technology and Disability Interface 
The creativity of people with disabilities to work with technologists and developers can create new adaptions and equipment that grows a market for independent living
May 1986 speech by Richard and Becky Llewellyn at the World Congress on Education and Technology Vancouver British Columbia

Consumer Participation for Technological Change 
An examination of disability and technology trends in a changing world including criteria for companies developing new equipment and technology to ensure their work aids control, independence and assists disabled people’s goals in their lives
May 1986 speech by Richard and Becky Llewellyn at the World Congress on Education and Technology Vancouver British Columbia

An Overview of International Attendant Care Schemes 
A 1985 speech given Richard Llewellyn to the Disability Advisory Council of Australia and Disabilities Council of NSW Consultation on the New South Wales Attendant Care Pilot Study, examining global support care models
Published in Australian Disability Review 11 August 1985

Working Together to Improve Lives of Young People with Intellectual Disabilities 
Speech to Special Education Seminar – Strathmont Centre – 1985

Who gets the benefit – workers or consumers? 
Do health workers on salaries get more benefit from aged and disability services than consumers? Richard, as Administrative Officer of the pioneering Eastern Domiciliary Care Service which supported aged and disabled people to stay in their own homes rather than go into care questions the priorities operating in the mid 1970s
May 1976 Speech – Memorial Hospital seminar on Health Evaluation Strategies

Disabled Australians are Creating Change in 1981
Charles Marshall Memorial Oration on the progress needed for people with disabilities in the United Nations Year of Disabled People 1981 from Richard’s perspective as a wheelchair user. He is also member of the IYDP National Committee of Non-Government Organisations which set the agenda Australia’s progress through wide-scale national consultations with people living with disability
19 June 1981

Parking for People with Disabilities
Review of the need for disability parking provisions and the particular requirements of different users. The introduction of the first Parking Permit in 1979 and reforms since then to improve compliance and availability of parking spaces in South Australia
4 October 1990 – Address to the Second Australian Parking Convention – Adelaide Festival Centre